And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ Ephesians 4:11-12
Discerning a call to ministry can be an exciting time, but also one full of anxiety and questions. In the Episcopal Church, a call to ministry is discerned in community and the process for ordination is governed by the Canons of the Episcopal Church, Title III. The Episcopal Church recognizes three orders of ordained ministry: Deacon, Priest, and Bishop. Bishops are elected from Episcopal clergy. Priests are ordained first to the Transitional Diaconate and then, at least 6 months later, to the Priesthood. Deacons who remain Deacons are often referred to as Vocational Deacons.